So, I actually hadn’t intended to write a dating site review this week. But I’ve been seeing these irritating online dating site commercials on TV for the past few weeks and today I finally got curious enough to investigate. So, there’s a website out there called Anastasia Global. In the commercial, a male voice over speaks soothingly about how he met this fantastic woman named Anastasia even though she lives thousands of miles away. Clearly, this commercial is aimed at men as it makes no reference for how a single American lady could meet a man. In the end, a title card appears telling viewers that they can experience a 40 minute free trial if they visit Anastasia Global now.
Now…I hope your eyebrow rose as high as mine did when I saw this. I’m used to dating sites that charge a monthly fee offering free trials. But a 40 minute trial?! What exactly is this company offering? After seeing this commercial for the third time today (P.S. Discovery Networks, you should really reconsider who you sell ad space to), I’d had enough and absolutely needed to go to this website. The first thing I noticed was that the “free 40 minute trial” was actually an offer to chat free to your choice of Russian/CIS single ladies for 40 minutes with no charge. Ru-roh...
Errmm yikes! Okay, so after seeing that, I absolutely had to put my direct marketer hat on and do a BetterWhoIs search on this website. Turns out Anastasia Global is owned by the same company that owns Anastasia Date…and African Beauties…and Asian Beauties…and Amo Latina. In fact, this is a very smarmy “pay-to-play” dating slash “Internet prostitution” site that’s trying to rebrand themselves to seem more upscale although ultimately the goal is still the same. The 40 minute chat is the hook to get you to spend who knows how much money to connect with these virtual ladies. And, P.S...you may never meet these people in real life.
A quick Google search for reviews only confirmed my suspicions. The parent company owns a string of domains and according to some of the negative reviews, women listed on one site specifically for one ethnicity are also magically available for chat (where this company makes most of its money by charging by the minute) on other sites. Other complaints included that the women listed on the sites were either fake or being paid to interact with the gullible men who sign up for the site. And worse still, other women listed as “available” were actually married and just using the site to supplement their income.
I’m not even going to get into my opinion on people looking for mail order bride type mates. Nor will I say that I’m shocked by these types of websites. As smarmy as it is, the underbelly of the online dating scene isn’t something that’s foreign or new to me. I guess the shock really came from seeing them advertise on a legitimate network. And that really calls into question the ethics and due diligence being performed by the advertising departments of said networks. By the way, the commercials only air on networks with a male skewed viewing audience – of course.
In a nutshell my New York gentlemen, if you’re looking for a legitimate relationship, please steer clear of Anastasia Global/Anastasia Date.